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Y'know, I used to mark time in stages. One juncture to the next. There was the megabuilding hole-in-the-wall phase, and then the group home phase, the Mox phase... Each and every time, I thought I'd found a home. And each and every time, I came away disappointed.[6]

— Judy Álvarez, Cyberpunk 2077

Judy Álvarez is a skilled braindance techie and a member of the Mox. She has her own apartment in northeastern Kabuki, Watson. Judy is a possible romance option for V in Cyberpunk 2077.


Early Life[]

Judy was born in Laguna Bend, a small town in the rural outskirts of Night City. Her father was never around, and her mother died when she was just a child. She still has a photo of her, but can barely remember her mother anymore. Judy was raised instead by her grandparents. Her grandfather was a techie and taught her all that she knows. She also loved to hear the stories he told. Ainara, her grandmother, was temperamental, something Judy herself seemingly inherited.

While growing up in her hometown, Judy used to hang out with the other kids, sometimes playing street hockey on rollerblades or "MaxTac and psychos", though they often mocked her for not having her parents around and being poor. She also liked to eat the burgers of Flo's Diner, the only eatery in her town.

Around 2057, Judy hid Jenni Chapman's doll as she thought that only losers played with them. What Judy really wanted, though, was for Jenni to notice her, and she proposed to help her find the missing doll. In the end neither of those things occurred.

Despite not being religious, Judy sometimes visited her town's church — a building she always thought looked old and out of place — simply because it was just there. Once, she snuck inside of it when no one was around and stood at the altar, wondering what went through the priest's mind when he looked at the people, asking herself how he could read their minds and know everything about them. She then screamed at the top of her lungs to check the acoustics of the building, but when the echo returned, it scared her and she ran away. Judy thought it was all the guilt she felt for having a crush on Jenni, and after screaming it out, it had bounced back to her.[7]


When the area of Laguna Bend was bought out by NC Dam Ltd. some time around 2062, the residents were forced to vacate as the corporation had plans to transform the region into a reservoir. Although there were protests in the months that followed, the residents were eventually outed from their homes. Judy and her grandparents moved into a rental apartment in Night City, but her grandparents hated the metropolis and left a couple of years later. They moved further north to Oregon while Judy stayed and made the apartment her own.[7]

When Judy was sixteen years old, she was convicted and detained for stealing a fire truck. In reality, Judy had not stolen it but instead found it abandoned in a scrapyard. She decided to fix it up — which took her half a year — and then the police busted her on her first ride. They did not believe Judy and proceeded to detain her. Many years later, Judy tried to get some kind of compensation for what she thought was "an unlawful juvenile arrest." She contacted a lawyer in hopes she could help her win a compensation from the City Council, but she dismissed Judy stating it was something very difficult to achieve and not worth the trouble. Thinking that the woman didn't believe her either, Judy dropped the case.[1]


Judy worked as a braindance technician at Clouds for a time. There she met most of the dolls, including Evelyn Parker, Tom Caldera,[8] and Maiko Maeda, the latter with whom she eventually begun a relationship.[9] Judy also helped Maiko jump up the ranks by tweaking the stats on her doll-chip, not only to help her but also hoping things would change for the better for both of them.[10]

At some point, Judy left Clouds and found work at Lizzie's Bar as a braindance technician and editor, joining the Mox in the process.[11] She thought they could change the lives of the people in Night City for the better.[9] Judy installed her equipment on the bar's basement on behalf of Susie "Q", the Mox leader. While working at Lizzie's, Judy maintained contact with the dolls at Clouds, especially with Evelyn — whose best friend she had become — and Maiko.[1]

Since Maiko's promotion, Judy's relationship with her had started to become more difficult, but still she visited her girlfriend at her office in Clouds whenever she could. Judy was jealous of how much time Maiko spent around other girls at Clouds, and one day she finally mentioned it to Maiko, but got over it hoping to spend some interesting time with Maiko later. First though, Judy had to attend the anniversary of Lizzie Borden's death and the Mox's creation.[10]

One day, when Judy was trying to get into Maiko's office the security didn't let her. After going home, Judy messaged her girlfriend and told her about it. Maiko tried to excuse herself saying it was due to "procedures", but Judy knew it was her call since the security had contacted her right before that. Maiko asked Judy to cool down, as this could mean trouble for her, stating she had to keep up some semblance of professionalism, and didn't want to lose her position after how much she had endured to be there. This caused an argument between the two in which Judy said that things were as bad as before, but not for Maiko as she was doing just fine. Maiko responded that she was doing it for them both, that she was thinking about their future together, and didn't understand why that made Judy so angry. Judy realized that their perspectives on the world had changed, and she had been left behind. Maiko was just looking for more power and Judy was ashamed she hadn't noticed sooner. Judy simply hoped that when Night City chewed up and spit Maiko out, she would still have something of her old self left. Some time after the argument, Maiko asked Judy to give her time to think about everything, and to give herself time to cool down, but for Judy it was over.[10]

Some time later, Judy asked Maiko to go to her apartment and take back her clothes, something Maiko didn't care about and asked Judy to get rid of them. Despite this, Maiko wanted to go to Judy's apartment to talk things out, as she felt everything had escalated too quickly and maybe it was just a misunderstanding and that things didn't have to end that way, at least not so suddenly. Judy didn't buy it. There was nothing else to talk about, stating Maiko was doing what she always did — buttering her with promises she didn't actually wanted to keep. Judy said she would simply leave her clothes on front of the apartment's door, and would not open it if Maiko tried to knock. An angered Maiko answered Judy could toss her clothes out of the window if she wanted, as she didn't care and would not visit her. Judy sarcastically replied it was nice Maiko could afford to toss her clothes, and if any of hers were on Maiko's place she could leave them on the street for people who needed them. As for her ex-girlfriend's clothes, since they were expensive, Judy stated she would rather burn them.[10]


After a long time since her last talk, Evelyn contacted Judy, asking if she was still cooped in Susie "Q"'s basement and if she was still dating Maiko. Judy told her one of those things was still true. Parker had messaged her because she needed help with a small but important favor. She needed to have a virtu scrolled, and knew Judy was the best. In exchange, she promised her a life free of work where Judy could just focus on her art. Evelyn asked to at least meet, and wondered where she could find her. Judy simply answered "in Susie Q's basement".[1]

Some time after Evelyn had explained what she needed from Judy, the two had some drinks at Lizzie's Bar while waiting for Evelyn's contact to appear. Once they did, Judy finished her drink and went back to the basement. Later, Evelyn appeared with her contact and introduced V to her friend. Judy helped V to tune up for a braindance and showed them how to edit it. Afterwards they proceeded to scroll Evelyn's recording to find her objective. Once done, Judy gave V the portable device they had used for the scrolling, as it already had V's profile and in case someone could trace its use to her. She also commented that whatever it was Evelyn and V were planning to do it would kill them both, expressing she didn't want to have any trouble for helping them. Evelyn reassured Judy that there would be none.[12]

The failed heist V and Evelyn were involved in had disastrous consequences for Evelyn, who would be cyber-attacked, raped, and eventually sold to Scavengers. After following a lead to ripperdoc Fingers, V and Judy were able to procure an illegal braindance from Lenny Nero containing information on Evelyn's whereabouts. However, after locating and rescuing Evelyn, she committed suicide in Judy's bathtub, the burden of the trauma she experienced having been too much to bear. Judy immediately contacted V, who came and helped her move Evelyn onto Judy's bed so that the police would pick her up in a more dignified location. At some point later, Judy asked V to accompany her to Clouds and talk with her ex-girlfriend Maiko — the club's unofficial manager — about Evelyn's fate and the club's current status, as well as to confront (and optionally kill) her rapist Oswald Forrest, henchman of the Tyger Claws and formal manager of Clouds.[13][14][15][16][17]

Soon after, Judy asked V to join her in her apartment to have pizza and discuss a plan with Clouds' dolls Tom and Roxanne as well as Maiko to dispose of Hiromi Sato — owner of the club — and take over Clouds from the Tyger Claws. As V experienced a relic malfunction, this is also the first opportunity that they could tell Judy about it before crashing on her couch. Later, as V and Maiko confronted Hiromi and his Tyger bosses Jun Azegami and Marcus Ichida, Maiko, who had been playing a double game, proposed a new deal: Taking over Clouds herself under Tyger Claw protection by ousting Hiromi.[18][19]

If V accepts Maiko's deal and her bribe at the end of Pisces (will NOT unlock Pyramid Song):

Jun kills Hiromi himself, giving Clouds to Maiko. Judy will be extremely disappointed, angry, and immediately leave. Somewhat later she will write V a last text message, saying that she is ditching Night City after which she deletes them from her contacts. [As of patch 1.6 she can still be found in her apartment, though, but will not react to V anymore.]

If V accepts Maiko's deal but not her bribe at the end of Pisces (will unlock Pyramid Song):

Jun kills Hiromi himself, giving Clouds to Maiko. Judy will be disappointed with Maiko and V, but happy that the latter did not accept the bribe. V can eventually convince her that this arrangement is the safest outcome for Clouds and the dolls.

If V rejects Maiko's deal at the end of Pisces (will unlock Pyramid Song):

V will be forced to take down Hiromi and the Tyger bosses. Maiko will be upset and can potentially attack V. If Maiko is killed, Judy will be shocked by the news and leave quickly, saying that she needs some time to cool down. If Maiko is kept alive, either by non-lethal takedown or by talking her out of attacking, Judy will be disappointed by Maiko's double play but very grateful to V. If V is female, this outcome will cause Judy to bid goodbye with a cheek kiss.
Unless V accepted Maiko's bribe, Judy will call the following day and invite V to meet outside the city at an abandoned dwelling in Laguna Bend. She takes V on a dive in the lake, where the remains of the now-flooded town where Judy grew up can be found. She also links their neural tracks to record a dual-perspective-braindance. V passes out during the dive, but Judy gets them both back up safely. Judy got scared for V's life for a moment but is visibly relieved as V regains consciousness and thanks her for saving their life. Because of the neural link, Judy then also becomes aware of the relic and Johnny Silverhand's engram being present in V's mind, as Johnny repeats his initial objection against going for a dive. Later, Judy locks herself in the bathroom after receiving news that A) some Tyger Claws took vengeance for Hiromi and attacked Clouds, killing Tom and causing the club to be closed until further notice (if Maiko's deal in Pisces was rejected) or B) nothing changed for the better at Clouds under Maiko's new management (if Maiko's deal was accepted). V comes in and comforts her.[7]

If V kisses Judy (female V only) during Pyramid Song:
During their brief conversation, V will get two chances to kiss Judy. Doing so will initiate the romance story path (see Romancing Judy).

If V stays the night but is male or chooses not to kiss Judy during Pyramid Song:
Judy leaves the bathroom and immediately goes to bed. She will have coffee by the lake with V in the morning to explain that she will leave Night City and then gives V access to her now vacant apartment, where she left a gift on the kitchen counter. Not counting pre-recorded video messages, this is V's last encounter with Judy without having romanced her. Some time later, she will send V text messages, first with a photo from Oregon, then one showing Seattle (see gallery below), explaining that she is continuing her journey after having visited her parents. If the player follows the advice by Johnny Silverhand, who got annoyed with Judy's illogical behavior, and already leaves while Judy is sleeping in the house by the lake, she will not return to her apartment, simply disappear, and even remove V from her contacts.

If Judy was not romanced and "The Devil" ending was chosen:
After having the relic surgically removed and seeking support from a friend, V can call Judy from the Arasaka Orbital Station but only gets a pre-recorded message, in which Judy mentions to maybe call V back when she is done being pissed off (probably by the fact that V collaborated with Araska). During the end credits a video message by Judy will play, showing her by a camp fire, thanking V for everything and then urging them to also leave Night City and never look back.
If she was not romanced but Pyramid Song was completed amicably, the same video message by Judy will be played during the end credits during any of the other endings (except suicide).

Database Entry[]

Judy Alvarez

One of braindance's most gifted editors and a skilled techie. If she wanted to, she could get hired at any corpo entertainment studio and make bank, but Judy values her independence too much to sell out — she rejects every offer that comes her way. Her anarchist spirit drew her to the Mox in the hope that they could improve the lives of people in Night City. Her biggest flaw is that she can't keep her mouth shut in the face of injustice — something that always gets her in trouble. For some, though, it's her greatest virtue.[9]


If V has a feminine body type and voice (regardless of genitalia) Judy is a potential romance option.

Although Evelyn introduces V to Judy already during The Information, she remains distant and somewhat distrustful until V helps her to rescue Evelyn in Double Life. Some time later, Both Sides, Now is initiated as a shocked Judy calls V, asking to come to her place immediately as Evelyn committed suicide. Tragically, it is not until this event that Judy begins to show some affection towards V, mentioning that she is actually glad V now has Evelyn's old smoke case. V can help Judy more during Ex-Factor by accompanying her to talk with Maiko, and optionally taking revenge for Evelyn by killing Woodman or by convincing her it's not worth it. Later during Talkin' 'bout a Revolution, V can choose to stay the night on Judy's couch after a relic malfunction. She texts V the next day, asking if things are better, leaving them breakfast, and saying that she had a great time the previous night thanks to V.

However, up until the following mission, Pisces, none of the optional mission objectives and dialogue choices mentioned above are relevant to romance Judy. Even alienating Judy by killing Maiko or accepting her deal (but not her bribe) at the end of Pisces will still unlock Pyramid Song and retain the romantic option (see Biography). However, it is only by rejecting Maiko's deal while also keeping her alive that Judy will reward V (only female) with a goodbye cheek kiss at the end of Pisces.

Romancing Judy[]

Judy can be fully romanced during Pyramid Song (see above). While several flirtatious remarks are possible earlier in the mission, e.g., about how good Judy looks in her diving gear, the key scene is when V comforts her in the bathroom and Judy says that she wanted this to be "just our day" (only for female V).

If V chooses not to touch or kiss Judy in Pyramid Song:

This will cause the mission to play out the same way as for a male V, i.e., Judy immediately goes to sleep (see Biography).

If V kisses Judy during Pyramid Song (female V only):

V will get up to two chances to kiss Judy; the first occurs immediately after sitting next to her in the bathroom, and the second is available if V chooses to comfort Judy first. Doing so will result in Judy taking V's hand, leading her to the bed, and them having sex. Next morning, V can find Judy on the pier outside the house. During the dialogue Judy will ask what that night meant to V; replying with "a pleasant distraction" will cause Judy to be very upset, leave immediately, never return to her apartment, and even delete V from her contacts. Answering instead with "the beginning of something amazing" will make Judy sarcastically remark that V ruined her plans of leaving Night City, as now she has a reason to stay. She also gives V access to her apartment, adding that she does not necessarily have to move in, but stop by whenever V feels like it.

After this, Judy can be found in her apartment, greeting V with "I was just thinking of you. And before you ask — no, you weren't wearing clothes." V can ask Judy about making braindances, becoming a techie, and news from the Mox. Depending on the player's progress, Judy will also ask about what happened in Japantown during Play It Safe. If V expresses her frustration of not having more time to spend with Judy, she will reply "Quality over quantity, V. Just focus on tying up all your loose ends — then you and I are leaving this city once and for all". Moreover, Judy will occasionally send V affectionate text messages. This includes an enhanced photo from the braindance she is making based on their joint diving adventure to Laguna Bend (see gallery below) as well a message that she left a surprise in V's apartment, which turns out to be a few ChroManticore Carnival drinks and a Calavera Feliz arranged in a heart-shape on the floor (see gallery below). Judy will also send a heads-up that her protective grandmother Ainara will write to find out more about V as a partner for her "Ranita" ("little frog", an affectionate nickname). Giving the ideal answers (being polite, honest and serious about Judy) will prompt Ainara to respond that she likes and trusts V and offers to call her "abuela" ("grandma"). However, giving the worst possible answers or even blocking her will not affect V's and Judy's romance.


If V has romanced Judy and chooses to contact her to say goodbye at the end of the mission Nocturne Op55N1, Johnny will admit that even he has grown to like her (despite the misgivings he voiced during Pyramid Song). Different endings with Judy as romantic partner are then possible, but only one allows you to maintain the relationship:

If V contacts Judy to say goodbye and asks Panam for help during Nocturne Op55N1 (maintain relationship):

Opting for "The Star" ending (asking Panam for help, which requires completing Queen of the Highway), will result in V and Judy being reunited during All Along the Watchtower. Carol Emeka, who remarks she doubted V would care for a fresh start and show up at all, gave Judy a ride to the temporary camp from which the Aldecaldos will depart to leave Night City, a spot Judy admits she never would have found otherwise. After Carol gives the couple some privacy, Judy tells V that she feels somewhat guilty for ditching Night City and that she always measured her life in stages, concluding with "Each and every time, I thought I'd found a home. And each and every time, I came away disappointed." Both then agree that things will change now and are going to be longer lasting. Before V leaves to discuss the border crossing with Panam, Judy adds that Carol warned her of Panam's personality, but V tells her not to worry. Judy does not join V aboard the Militech Basilisk, but instead rides with Carol. On their way to the border, Judy radios in, letting V know that she is glad they are doing this and that the girls at Lizzie's Bar said they were betting on her to get cold feet and come limping back. Judy then admits that she had planned to leave NC with Evelyn, but that she was ready to let go of that now. During the end credits, a video message is played in which Judy is in her underwear while an unaware V is making breakfast in the background. Judy says that she gets mushy when it comes to sharing feelings but then confesses that she is happy for the first time in her life. The message ends with Judy blowing a kiss at the camera.

If V contacts Judy to say goodbye and asks Rogue for help or decides to go in alone during Nocturne Op55N1 (breakup):

Opting for "The Sun" ending (choosing (Don't Fear) The Reaper or asking Rogue for help, which requires completing Blistering Love), will result in V waking up in bed in the penthouse together with Judy at the beginning of Path of Glory, a few months after Nocturne Op55N1. After giving Judy a good morning kiss, she will be joined by her in the shower. However, Judy knows something is wrong, that V's time is running out and she worries about their relationship. On the balcony, Judy confesses that she feels alone in the anonymous city and needs to ditch it. She realizes that while she does still not feel like belonging anywhere, V is now a legend of the Afterlife and needs to do "one last job", quite possibly without return. She offers to help, but V needs to do it on her own, which makes them realize that they have to part ways. V promises that Judy will hear about it, should the job succeed. In her video message during the end credits, Judy says that she decided to finally leave Night City, realizing the city gives you only two choices: "Become an asshole or get offed by one." She hopes V will find an alternative and bids a final farewell saying that it is a shame things had to end this way.

If V contacts Judy to say goodbye and accepts Hanako Arasaka's offer to help during Nocturne Op55N1 (breakup):

Opting for "The Devil" ending (accepting Hanako Arasaka's offer to help), V can call Judy from the orbital facility during Where is My Mind?. Judy is glad the relic was removed but is very distressed by the fact that V trusted Arasaka, adding to not take anything the doctors give them. Admitting that she would not know what to do if she ever found out V was gone, Judy ends with demanding to see V back on Earth "in hours. No - Now!". Her video message played during the end credits is identical to the one for "The Sun" ending (see above), which seems to imply that V does not or cannot rejoin her, even if the player rejects Arasaka's offer and opts to return to Earth instead.

If V reaches Mikoshi but then gives their body to Johnny Silverhand (breakup):

Opting for the "Temperance" ending, i.e., reaching Mikoshi alone ((Don't Fear) The Reaper) or with the help of either Rogue or the Aldecaldos but then joining cyberspace with Alt and giving your body to Johnny Silverhand will prevent any further interaction with Judy during the epilogue. In her video message during the end credits, Judy is worried that she is being ghosted by V and ends with "Stay safe... and call me when you hear this".

If V leaves Songbird to Reed and gets rid of the Relic with the help of doctors of the FIA:

V wakes up at the FIA hospital in Langley in the year 2079—after two years of coma. After V talks with Solomon Reed, V is able to use their phone and can notice numerous texts from Judy in 2077 inviting them to a 20th century tech exhibition, showcasing even a VCR, plus 21 missed calls from Judy. If they calls Judy, she will be surprised to hear again from V. When V seems surprised that Judy is not mad at them, she confesses that she now lives in Pittsburgh, happily married to a woman named Bianca, and that she can't really do anything to help them. V's reaction is rather bitter concerning Judy's newfound "fairy tale."

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Title Year Description - Braindance Quarterly 2076 Guest editorial article about braindance for the magazine.
Inquirer braindance article[20] 2077 Guest editorial article about braindance for an Inquirer documentary of Night City.


Type Products
Abilities Combat Stim,[21] Frag Grenades[21]
Weaponry A-22B Chao, M-10AF Lexington
Vehicles Villefort Columbus "Sea Dragon"


  • Judy used to smoke when she was younger, a habit she picks up again during the events of the game.
  • The firetruck tattoo right under her neck refers to an event in her life in which she was arrested for driving one.
  • The V and thirteen tattoo on her neck is likely related to Lizzie, who died on May 13, 2067.
  • The stylized lioness tattoo on Judy's pubic mound is a reference to her sexual orientation.
  • After completing Talkin' 'bout a Revolution, several items become inspectable in her apartment, prompting reactions by V and/or Johnny Silverhand. Specifically the remarks on Judy's robotics workbench differ depending on whether V is female (and, thus, Judy's type).
  • Judy's grandmother affectionately calls her Ranita,[22] which can be translated as "little frog" in Spanish.
  • In Elizabeth Peralez's laptop in her penthouse, there is a conversation between her and Judy in which the techie recommends V for some mercernary work, leading to V's employment for the quest I Fought the Law. After the merc answers Elizabeth's call and accepts her job, the next time V calls Judy, she will inquire about it. Depending on how far in that quest you are, V can tell her about the job.[23]
  • Judy owns a Bushidō collection in braindance format, which can be found on her desk in her apartment.
  • She has a poster of Perilous Futur in her bedroom, which can be interacted after completing Talkin' 'bout a Revolution. Johnny Silverhand will appear and remark that he would rather "puke out of his ears."


  • The text beneath the thirteen tattoo on Judy's left arm: "There was nothing to fear, nothing to doubt" are lyrics from the Radiohead song Pyramid Song. This is also the name of one of Judy's missions: Pyramid Song.
  • The tattoo on Judy's right arm reads "underwater where thoughts can breathe easy." These are lyrics to the Red Hot Chili Peppers song Parallel Universe.
  • When asked if Judy and Evelyn are dating, Quest Director Paweł Sasko said that it was intentionally kept vague for fan interpretation.[24]
  • Quest Director Paweł Sasko mentioned Judy's age being between 21 to 25 years old.[24]